5th Square will be holding our 2020 candidate endorsement votes in mid-February. Become a member today for as little as $5 a month to vote on our candidate slate in this year's state legislative primaries.
Primary elections are on April 28th this year, so make sure to register to vote online or update your voting address.
We're going to win free transfers
SEPTA's new General Manager Leslie Richards tells KYW she's open to eliminating the $1 transfer penalty in this year's fare package, which SEPTA's board will vote on later this spring.
Three years ago, 5th Square and Clean Air Council volunteers and supporters helped put this issue on the agenda at SEPTA, and we're thrilled to see their new leadership is open to getting it done this year.
These are going to be a critical few months for our One City, One Fare campaign for free transfers, and we're asking anyone who hasn't already done so to sign onto our Free Transfers petition to receive action alerts this spring about how you can help win this important change that will make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of fellow Philadelphians.
Petition signers will receive news updates and action alerts about the upcoming SEPTA Board meetings and other events this spring that we're going to everybody who supports this cause to show up for.
Wednesday, January 29th, 6 - 8 PM
Sound Off: Reframing the News
Resolve is teaming up with Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication to host a community discussion about language, news, and representation.
Sunday, February 2nd, 11 AM - 4 PM
VietLead's 4th Annual Tet Festival
VietLead’s event aims to celebrate and share Vietnamese culture, uplift different cultural practices, and raise awareness of issues impacting communities of color in Philadelphia. This year, the event will be organized as a winter block party in front of Hoa Binh Plaza.
Wednesday, February 5th, 9:30 AM - 5 AM
Red Lines, Red Tape: Combatting the Housing Crisis & Ending Residential Segregation
Join Penn Law’s Journal of Law & Public Affairs for its annual symposium. This year’s symposium will discuss topics ranging from housing discrimination and affordable housing development to racial segregation in America’s cities.
Thursday, February 6th, 8 - 9:30 AM
Design Advocacy Group - Balancing New with the Old: Renovation, New Construction & Adapt
Ken Weinstein, President of Philly Office Retail and Founder of Jumpstart Germantown and Jumpstart Philly, will discuss current and future projects focusing on how he, and other developers, can reuse, renovate and redevelop; growing the local economy while strengthening our neighborhoods.
Thursday, February 6th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
GRASP Hosts Candidates for State Senate - 1st District
Join Grassroots Advocacy for South Philadelphia as they host candidates running for the 1st Senatorial District of PA! Confirmed candidates are Senator Larry Farnese (1st-PA), and Nikil Saval.
Thanks to your help, our late-breaking push calling on SEPTA to fix the Route 15 trolleys worked! After a rumor broke last week that SEPTA would be converting trolley service to buses on Girard, and that the PCC trolleys would be out of commission indefinitely, we launched a petition campaign on Monday that set off lots of media coverage and brought volunteers and supporters out to SEPTA's Board meeting.
New SEPTA GM Leslie Richards announced at the meeting that the trolleys would be repaired during a construction project that would have taken them off the road anyway for about a year, and would be back on the road next year. Thanks to everybody who mobilized in a pinch to help make this happen!
Big news for El riders: SEPTA is discontinuing A/B skip-stop service on the MFL in February so riders won’t have to worry about boarding a train that doesn’t make their stop. SEPTA has said they will adjust the train schedule and potentially run more trains to adapt to the new policy.